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SGN exclusive interview: Tom Ammiano — California Gay activist is battling for a livable minimum wage

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer California Assemblyman plus social justice activist Tom Ammiano was in Seattle recently to talk at a Town Hall forum upon living wage ordinances. He had taken the opportunity to talk with SGN about their long battle for decent income for the country’s lowest-paid workers. Ammiano strongly supports the controversial SeaTac Proposition 1, to mandate a $15-an-hour living wage in airport-related businesses. ‘I applaud SeaTac to get putting that on the ballot, ‘ he told SGN, ‘and We applaud Seattle for talking about increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour. ‘ Recalling his own struggle to pass living wage ordinances when he sat on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors (a mutual city-county government), Ammiano chuckled, ‘It was a big fight – a fight to convince my co-workers, a fight with the mayor — there was a lot of negativity. Very nasty things were done – personal things done against me’

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